ASTD, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field, recently published an interview with Dr. Allison Rossett ’68 on her ever-evolving career. A specialist in learning and technology, she is the Professor Emerita of Educational Technology at San Diego State University and Principal Consultant of Allison Rossett and Associates. Rossett is a member of Arcadia University’s Board of Trustees.
Q: What skills did you need to advance in your career?
Curiosity. I am a pain in the neck with my questions.
Irreverence. I often don’t see things in a conventional way. I question, then turn to literature, and then seek out best or better practices. There is little we know that doesn’t benefit from being flipped on its head.
Communications. I can write and talk reasonably well, meaning I keep the audience in mind and craft messages to be heard, not to impress. I try to speak plainly.
Customer-focused. I believe in maintaining this perspective and think it comes to me naturally.
Quick study. I understand organizations and content swiftly, all the while recognizing that I don’t fully understand them or it, of course.
Relationships. I establish them, tend to them, maintain them, and genuinely feel blessed for having them across
Q: What changes have you observed in the field of learning technologies during the past five years?
I’ll choose three: more independent learning and reference, on-demand references and materials, and social media such as Twitter and Facebook.